Originally Posted by monkeyman1000
Don't mean to hijack this thread but I was wondering if this idea would work. Could you put a smaller pot/container (sanitized) into the wort in the bigger kettle and fill that with ice (or already have it filled with ice) and at the same time have the bigger kettle in a water/ice bath? I want to cool my wort down without wasting so much water.
I used to do that or something similar but it was still taking up to an hour to chill the wort to 80F. Before I started using the system I have now I was considering adding rock salt to the outside ice bath to get the water below freezing but not sure if it would do any good. These methods work great for partial mash or extract but are a real challenge for all grain brews especially in warm climates.
Although the way I do it is more of a hassle, I don't waste any water. All the water I use goes right into the washing machine until the next load of laundry. You'll be surprised how much water one load uses.